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auticon was founded in Berlin in 2011 by a father wanting better employment opportunities for his autistic son. Autistic professionals were employed as quality assurance consultants, debugging Websites and applications. As Managing Director of a small investment firm, Kurt Schöffer was approached by Ananda Social Venture Fund, who invited him to partner in creating Germany’s first social impact fund. The fund’s first investment was in auticon, where Kurt served as an advisor on the fund’s behalf. For Kurt, this was an opportunity to apply his business acumen to solve the social issue of rising unemployment among autistic adults, who often possess STEM skills applicable in a range of technology careers. After three months as an advisor, Kurt accepted a role as auticon’s Group CEO, later developing its 6 German office locations and expanding into Paris and London. The company added major clients such as BMW and Allianz, and new technology consulting services.

In 2016, Sir Richard Branson’s investment brought international attention to the company as it expanded into Italy and Switzerland. In 2018 auticon acquired two North American autism employers: MindSpark in Los Angeles and Meticulon in Calgary, later adding clients such as Salesforce and Deloitte and surpassing 200+ autistic employees globally. In 2019, auticon opened in Australia with one of the island’s largest employers: Woolworths.

Today, the company operates as the world’s largest autistic-majority IT company, with approximately 400 employees in 8 countries, including 300 on the spectrum.

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Thank you for your interest in covering auticon. I look forward to speaking with you.

Jon Sweet
Email: Jon.Sweet (at) auticon.com
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Current Timezone: Australian Eastern Daylight
Language spoken: English

Publications

auticon + Deloitte Report, “Embracing Neurodiversity at Work” 2022

A new report by Deloitte Canada and auticon Canada finds employment barriers, lack of workplace support for Canada’s autistic community. The joint report surveyed 454 adults across the country.

2022 auticon + Deloitte Report, “Embracing Neurodiversity at Work” (English)


auticon’s Global Impact Reports

2021 Global Impact Report (Published 2022)

2021 Global Impact Report (Languages: Italian,  English, and German)

2021 Global Impact Report (Languages: French, English, German)

2020 Global Impact Report (Languages: French, English, German)

LinkedIn article with the title "Supporting Neurodiversity at Work"

News Coverage

Sharnae and Anthony have excelled in the workplace...


SBS News

Tech employer with 70 per cent autistic workforce aiming to inspire others

HR Leader

Neurodiversity hiring – is this the key to plugging Australia's tech skills gap?

HRD Magazine

Woolworths pilots autistic consultants in software assurance

IT News

Branson-backed ASD tech consultancy arrives in Australia

Probono Australia

The Panel with Wallace, Jo McCarroll and Raj Chakraborti

RNZ Radio

Announcements

Cover of auticon's 10 year impact report from 2021

Autistic Tech Employer Demonstrates Power of Social Innovation in New Impact Report

auticon today released its annual Impact Report, illustrating how its model of social innovation is changing lives and making organisations neuro-inclusive. As a mission-driven company, auticon works to solve the crisis of unemployment impacting autistic adults and counsels clients on neuro-acceptance. auticon’s autistic team members are employed as IT consultants, numbering 265 globally in 2022, specializing in software development, data sciences, quality assurance, and cyber security. Clients get first-hand experience working with someone on the autistic spectrum and benefit from...
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A logo sign above a Zurich headquarters

Unearthing autistic talent with auticon

“At first, I was skeptical about bringing in autistic consultants – I didn’t know if they would have the skills we needed. “But then I learned about auticon, a consultancy that exclusively hires autistic consultants in a presentation from our Head of Human Resources, Uwe Schoepe.” “By the end I remember thinking, ‘this could be great if auticon has the right person.’ “It turns out they did.” From wish-list to reality Meet Stefan Kübitz, a Project Manager with Zurich Gruppe...
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auticon team celebrates win of ACS award

Neurodiversity Employer Wins ACS Digital Disruptor Award

(24 February 2022) — auticon, a social enterprise with a vision for equal employment opportunities for autistic people, won the award for a pilot program that proved thinking differently is a real strength. The IT consulting practice worked with Woolworths on how best to support autistic colleagues in the workplace, how this could lead to innovation and better outcomes for the business. Woolworths agreed to a six-month pilot program where auticon consultants would be embedded into the Supply Chain IT Quality...
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Business needs to think differently in the tightest employment market ever seen.

auticon IT Consultant James Tingle first learned computer programming, and he taught himself to read at the age of four. He has some amazing talents, but he hasn’t completed high school and like so many autistic people he finds social interaction uneasy and difficult to comprehend. James is not only autistic, but he has circadian rhythm sleep disorder and grapheme–colour synesthesia, where an individual’s perception of numerals and letters is associated with the experience of colours. To say that James...
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New report from Deloitte Canada and auticon Canada

According to a recent report by Deloitte Canada and auticon Canada, employers need to do more to understand neurodiversity, reduce barriers to employment for those with autism, and create thoughtful structural supports to foster deeper inclusion among the autistic community. The report, Embracing neurodiversity at work: How Canadians with autism can help employers close the talent gap, also shows that the autistic community in Canada is often underrepresented and underemployed, despite its potential in providing access to new skills and...
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15 newly created roles for Australian autistic workers on offer

Sydney, Australia — Today, auticon Australia announced the need to hire 15 new roles for autistic people due to growing demand from clients. Since opening its doors here in Australia late in 2019 auticon have experienced consistent and rapid growth as the organization continues to deliver extraordinary results for its clients. In late February this year, auticon took out an award at the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards for their outstanding work with national retailer Woolworths as they continue to get noticed...
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